1 thrust, shove, drive, move, set in motion, get moving, propel; press:
Push the boat away from the pier. He pushed the door shut.
2 press, depress:
Push the button if you want anything.
3 shove, thrust, elbow, shoulder, force, jostle, nudge:
We pushed our way through the crowd.
4 urge, encourage, press, induce, ask, persuade, get, egg on, press, prod, spur, goad, rouse, prompt, incite, move, motivate, stimulate, influence, impel, make, compel, force, dragoon, coerce, constrain; badger, hound, pester, harass, plague, nag, browbeat; beg, importune, entreat:
His family is pushing him to find work. I'll soon have the work done, but stop pushing me.
5 force, strain, overstrain, tax, overtax, burden, overburden:
You might have got away with it this time, but don't push your luck
6 promote, publicize, advertise, boost, propagandize, puff, Colloq plug, Slang ballyhoo, hype:
Because we have too much stock, we are pushing suntan oil this week
7 push about or around. intimidate, bully, cow, domineer, tyrannize, bullyrag, torment, force, coerce:
Don't push people about if you want them to do what you want.
8 push away. reject, deny, brush off or aside, give (someone) the cold shoulder, rebuff, distance oneself from:
She pushes everyone away and then wonders why she has no friends.
9 push off.
(a) shove off, sail away or off:
We stepped into the dinghy and pushed off.
(b) leave, depart, go away, Colloq light out, take off, hit the road, skedaddle, scram, make oneself scarce, Slang beat it:
I have to push off now if I'm to make that train.
10 push on or forward or along. move onwards or onward or ahead or forward, continue, proceed, advance, press on or onwards or onward:
If we stay the night here, we shall have to push on first thing in the morning.
11 push through. force, press, Colloq railroad:
The bill was pushed through committee without delay.
12 push (up) daisies. be dead (and buried), be six feet under:
Her husband's pushing up daisies.
13 shove, thrust, nudge:
My car needs a push to get it started.
14 effort, energy, dynamism, drive, force, enterprise, ambition, vigour, determination, initiative, eagerness, spirit, enthusiasm, zeal, verve, Colloq get-up-and-go, zing, zip, gumption, go:
If he had a bit more push, he might succeed.
15 campaign, attack, assault, advance, offensive, charge, onslaught, foray, sortie, invasion, incursion, raid, sally, blitzkrieg, blitz, strike:
The troops were massed along the coast, ready for the big push inland
16 the push. dismissal, notice, Colloq marching orders, Chiefly Brit the sack, the boot, Chiefly US and Canadian walking papers, a pink slip:
He'd been with the company for twenty years, but they still gave him the push when sales fell.